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Lawmakers task government on pension arrears

The Nigerian government has been urged to ensure all pension arrears are paid as soon as possible.

The Speaker House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara made this call when the Ministers for Finance and Budget and Planning appeared before the House.

He said the National Assembly would not accept any excuses as regards the Presidential Directive on the payment of pension arrears.

The Ministers, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun and Mr. Udoma Udo Udoma, at their separate presentations said the welfare of the Nigerian senior citizens would continue to remain the priority of the government.

In their contributions, members stressed the need for prioritizing budget proposals for adequate allocations to meet the ever increasing demands of pensioners.

The House had last week summoned the ministers to explain reasons for the non-payment as well as other challenges facing the pensioners, considered an embarrassment to the country.

Source: Voice of Nigeria